Midland County Elections Office reflected on the TRE, prepare for Saturday

Midland County Elections Office reflected on the TRE, prepare for Saturday

MIDLAND, TX (KWES) - As of Wednesday, there are 79,259 registered voters in Midland County and 4,510 people voted early for the Midland Independent School District's Tax Rate Election (TRE) early, either electronically or by mail.

Deborah Land, Midland County Elections Administrator talked about the numbers said they expect the same amount Saturday and while the totals seem low, she said there are reasons for it which include having an election on a weekend.

"Most of our elections are Monday-Friday, Saturday and Sunday, then back to Monday-Friday with the election on Tuesday. All the way around this is a different animal," said Land.

There have been bond elections in the past, one of them being Greenwood ISD back in 2008 where the district wanted to build a new school which only saw one precinct vote.

In 2003, MISD held a bond election where the district wanted to repair some of the schools, that had a larger turnout. Land said this election isn't a straight apples to apples comparison.

"For the people to vote for their taxes to simply go up to support the school district, that hasn't happened in a very long time," said Land.

As we get closer to the special election, Land added she doesn't know what the outcome is going to be.

"My ladies and myself haven't discussed how we voted or shared our own personal thoughts on the election during the past few weeks," said Land.

Land added the elections office had to turn people away and hopes voters in the district go to one of the five polling locations on Saturday.

The polling places voters will be able to from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. are:

  • Commissioner's Court room in the Courthouse Annex at 210 North A St.
  • Codgell Learning Center - 201 West Florida Ave.
  • Centennial Library - 2503 West Loop 250 North
  • Golf Course Road Church of Christ - 3500 West Golf Course Road
  • St. Paul's Methodist Church - 4501 Thomason Dr.

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